‘Clever glazing brightened up a dark space’
James and Orla Mosha turned a series of dark disjointed areas into a light-filled family space
When James and Orla Mosha moved into their Victorian house in Hackney, they waited three years before transforming the dark and disconnected rooms at the back of the house. ‘We wanted something modern that would work well with the original house,’ says James. ‘Top of the list was maximum light and a space that flowed well.’
Finalising the design
The couple approached architect Peter Chiu of FC Architects, who came up with three designs. ‘Funnily enough, we didn’t opt for the one with the largest square footage. We both really liked the use of glazing – it definitely didn’t look boring!’ says James. The whole space was rearranged, with the side return integrated into the main kitchen area by removing a wall. A rear extension provides a dining area, while large, frameless panes of glass fill the space with natural light.
taking a risk
A problem with the glazing meant James and Orla took a gamble and had some of the internal work done before the space was watertight. ‘Luckily the glazing was finished on 22 December and we moved in on Christmas Eve!’ says James.
THE COUPLE ADDED A NEW REAR EXTENSION AND KNOCKED IT INTO THE OLD ONE TO CREATE A LARGE, OPEN SPACE
THE PREVIOUS SIDE EXTENSION WAS SMALL AND HAD TO BE ACCESSED VIA A SHOWER ROOM